03/23/2005 1:00AM

Few shying away from Rushaway


Well, so much for the popular theory that a huge favorite will scare off his prospective opponents and make for a short field.

Proud Accolade, the Grade 1 winner who is passing the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park on Saturday to run in the $100,000 Rushaway Stakes on the undercard, surely will be an odds-on choice in the Rushaway. But Turfway officials said Wednesday that the maximum of 12 starters may run in the Rushaway despite the presence of Proud Accolade, the Todd Pletcher-trained colt who will be ridden by Jerry Bailey.

Perhaps the most capable challengers are Pinpoint, a recent maiden winner at Gulfstream Park for Nick Zito, and Daddy Joe, a two-time winner for Paraneck Stable and trainer Jennifer Pedersen.

In addition to the Lane's End and Rushaway, three other stakes will be run Saturday, with the $150,000 Bourbonette Breeders' Cup Stakes foremost among them. Favorites in the one-mile Bourbonette figure to be Amazing Buy, who has won her last four races, and Dance Away Capote, who barely missed winning the Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland last fall.

The other stakes on the 12-race card are the Hansel and the Queen, both $50,000 races at six furlongs.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the field for the 34th Lane's End was holding firm at nine. With jockeys, the probable starters were Andromeda's Hero, Rafael Bejarano; Diamond Isle, Dean Sarvis; Flower Alley, Jorge Chavez; Magna Graduate, Jerry Bailey; Mayan King, Joe Bravo; Mr Sword, Norberto Arroyo Jr.; Spanish Chestnut, Gary Stevens; Texcess, Rene Douglas; and Wild Desert, Robby Albarado.

Entries were to be drawn Thursday morning at a media luncheon at the track.

The Lane's End and Rushaway will be televised live on a one-hour broadcast on ESPN. Coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. Eastern and also will include replays of the Dubai World Cup and UAE Derby.

* Turfway has assembled a solid field for its Friday-night feature, the $35,000 Caller One Handicap at six furlongs. Multiple stakes winner Private Horde is the highweight in a field that includes Deer Lake, Danieltown, Day Trader, Sgt. Bert, and Saintly Look.

The Caller One is the 10th of 11 races on a Friday card that starts at 5:30 p.m. Eastern.